Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Welcome to the "Best games of November 2021" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post the best games that you will play this month.
The Prize fund is 350K MoodCoins which is equal to 350$.
The 1st prize - 150K
The 2nd prize - 100K
The 3rd prize- 50K
The 4th Prize- 30k
The 5th Prize- 20k
Good luck with your games and keep the Right Mood!
#Right Mood - Right Move
Here are the winners of October:
Here you can find sparring partners.
You can write, for example,
"Hey guys, my name is Bob, I'm from the USA, my rating is 2000 I'm looking for a sparring partner."
Or even more specific like "I just finished the Caro-Kann course and I'm looking someone to play a friendly sparring games".
Hopefully, you'll find good friends too.
Hello ChessMood Family!
Now I'm adding model games in each section of our course, so you have a better understanding of the positions. Some of them, I'll also add in the book, that I'm writing now (later about that.)
Why did I write this post? :)
If you played nice and instructive games with our ChessMood openings - please post here.
I would be happy to add them as well.
The first course, where I'm going to add model games, gonna be the Scotch game. If you want to make a research in your games, start from the Scotch :)
Hello ChessMood family!
Thanks for sharing your games. You all have been playing some really strong chess, and we’re happy to see that!
Here’s the prizes list for October month’s contest -
The first prize goes to Huynh Hoang for this near-perfect game, with a nice finish.
Valerio Carnicelli takes the second prize for this mind-blowing attacking game. (28.Rd7!)
Ayush Shirodkar takes the third prize for the nice forcing finish in the end.
The fourth prize goes to Vladimir Bugayev for this miniature in Anti-Sicilian. https://lichess.org/wRgAWYNp#33
And the 5th prize goes to Avinash 004, showing how to attack in opposite side castling positions.
Congratulations to all of you, and thanks once again for sharing your games!
See you soon in next month’s contest.
Till then, keep the mood and keep crushing!
Hello champions and welcome to the ChessMood team!
We all are from different countries, different ages, have different professions... But one thing bounds us - the passion for chess.
Champions, we'll grow together and keep a warm relationship in our team.
Please tell a bit about yourself in this post.
I've played all the White lines for many months now and the Benko. But not the Sicilian, as I've invested too much in the French to just jettison it. I'm interested which specific CM openings you have found the most success with? On Li-Chess my grade oscillates between 2100 and 2200.
For me :--- The Scotch Game -- very big plus score for me. Grand Prix Attack-- win some great attacks but seems easy to neutralise by stronger opponents. Tricky French I have a big plus score. Caro Exchange I rarely get a big king-side attack and also seems easy for well booked opponents . Maybe that is because in my recent experience most Caro ( and Petrov ) players seem to be Russian or East Europeans. I rarely get Pirc/Modern but sometimes get a run of Philidor Defence games and usually do well in these lines. With Black I have a huge plus score with the Benko.
What about you ?
Very little surprises me in the Scotch Game . But an opponent higher graded than me played a move I had not seen before. e4 e5 : Nf3 Nc6 : d4 e/d : Nxd4 Ne5 (?!) Odd-- I intuitively thought about Be2 after Nc3 aiming for a quick f4 . But it can get tricky and the old brain was reeling !! Comments appreciated .
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7
I faced 6.Nde2!? ... Nf6 7.g3 O-O 8.Bg2 d6 9.h3 Bd7 (If Be6 then white can play Nf4) 10. O-O a6 11.a4 with a grip on d5.
What's our strategy as black in this line? It's not easy to trade pieces, break in the center or on the queenside. And it looks like white can launch a kingside attack starting with f4 soon.
I was thinking about what is the more effective way to follow modern games. I was reading an article of Ding in which he said after breakfast he likes to follow latest games on chessabase to see if there is any new idea or interesting positions. I like that but I wanna know what is the most effective way to follow latest games .
From latest ongoing games we find many things like:
1, Trending lines and new ideas in various openings.
2. Many cool middlegames concepts
3. After sometimes instructive endgames.
So, it takes a lot time to follow games as I am an intermediate player not a master. Games are also more than 50 everyday. I also heard once that Tal was following more than 100 games in a day. I forgot where I read but I read it.
My current request is to make an article about it or give nice detailed idea about " How to follow Modern on going Tournaments"
The ninja course doesn't have sections on:
Encirclement - taking away squares from a piece with limited movement
Trapping - stopping a piece escaping
Zugzwang - endgame theme but has been considered tactical e.g. by Purdy
Stalemate - some tactical collections include stalemate as a theme
So... I finally decided to bite the bullet and try to make ChessMood openings my repertoire against 1d4/c4 etc, but I'm having some issues with the Benko. Firstly, I gather from some books (e.g. Neil McDonald's 'The Benko Gambit Revealed') that the best move order is supposed to be 5 ...g6 after 5 axb6, and only after 6 Nc3 Bxa6. The idea is that retaining the option of ...Nxa6 dissuades White from posting his Bishop on b2, but the CM course goes 5 ...Bxa6 straight away. I'm sure most players at club level will just play 6 Nc3 anyway and transpose, but supposedly it's an inaccuracy.
Also, after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 4 cxb5 a6 5 bxa6 Bxa6 6 Nc3 d6 7 g3 g6 8 Bg2 Bg7 9 Nf3 0-0 10 0-0 Nbd7 11 Qc2 Qa5 the course says that 12 b3 is impossible because of 12 ...Nxd5, but in fact after 12 b3 Nxd5 13 Nxd5 Bxa1 14 Bd2, Black is in big trouble; I don't see a better reply than 14 ... Qd8 and after 15 Rxa1, white just has two pieces against a Rook.
I'm creating a file in my Opening Trainer app as I watch the videos, but I'm not sure what to put in here.
The blocking tactic name is being reused for two different sorts of tactical operations.
The first is a block where a mobile unit, a pawn cannot advance because something is in the way and it captures a different way. There was a tactical book 'Alekhine's Block' which gave examples of of such tactics (whether Alekhine was the first remembered to play this, write about it, or the most famous who knows).
The second is preventing the escape of a piece, here the king (although encircling other pieces ought to be considered the same idea) which is a very different manoeuvre, and perhaps in warfare would be called pinning down (probably not a good name for chess because of the confusion), but I don't think blocking is good either. Encirclement or preventing escape is perhaps better.
Link to lesson (Removing upcoming defender): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylH-FkKUPh4
The tactic I got: https://lichess.org/training/HZn6W
A big note of appreciation and thank you for Chessmood for uploading these instructional daily lesson with GM (not just for this one tactic but for improving my play! :D)
I solved this tactic, but feel free to leave your answers in the comments!